Love and care for autistic children in Kenya
When in Kenya I wanted to visit some social therefore I went to meet with James and Sara who founded ASCK to help poor families from Nairobi who have children with ASD ( Autism Spectrum Disorder).
During my stay in Kenya I wanted to set aside some time to learn more about some social projects in place. Since my boyfriends brother is autistic I have through him grown my interest in this handicap and knowing the huge challenge families face in developed countries we wanted to know more about how reality looks like for kids with these handicaps and their families. Me and my boyfriend got in touch with ASCK (Autism Support Center of Kenya) and one of its founder James who invited us to come over to their office to talk more about this subject and learn what they do for the community.
Since my boyfriends brother is autistic I have through him grown my interest in this handicap and knowing the huge challenge families face in developed countries we wanted to know more about how reality looks like for kids with these handicaps and their families.
James introduced us to the reality and life of kids with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) in Kenya. Generally the awareness about the disorder in Kenya is good meaning that families or friends of families that get a child with ASD are alerted about this and therefore get in touch with organizations like ASCK for help. Treatment and help for children with ASD exists in bigger cities like Nairobi where some public schools have created special classes for these children. Even though these are public schools placing you children in this class costs around 80 USD monthly for the family, something many can not afford. In these poorer families the reality for children and normally their mothers can be brutal. Mothers might be left by their husbands getting the blame for the child having ASD and mothers need to work and leave their kids alone during the day. As anyone who has spent time with Autistic childs know this is almost impossible, these hyperactive children can usually not be alone and unfortunately this has lead to cases where mothers have been forced to chain their kids in the houses during the days as they leave for work.
James and Sara founded ASCK to help these poor families from Nairobi with children with ASD. They run the organization a part from their regular jobs and help organizing events and meetings for the children so they can interact and meet other kids and get access to therapist and specialists for treatments and education to unleash their full potential. They also organize initiatives to educate parents and connect them with each other for support.
Handcraft jewelry and accessories made by the kids mothers in order to fund money. We bought many of them if you are interest in buying please contact me.
Below you can find some pictures from the last event that ASCK helped co-ordinating where students at the International School of Kenya under their initiative “Embrace the Amazing” invited children with ASD for a morning of fun games and social activities.
Tree planting activities:
James passion for what he does is incredible and I got immensely impressed with what ASCK has accomplished with the little resources they have. ASCK will for sure not only stop at what they are doing right now, they have huge plans for the future and want through fundraising be able to support children of poor families to be able to enter in special schools and hopefully in the future be able to build their own Autism Support Center which would be self-sustainable and could help Autists in Kenya in their life. There is nothing more beautiful in this world than people like James who unconditionally share their time and love for others, thank you James and the likes of you out there, you are a true inspiration to the rest of us, keep up the good work!
Thanks with love ♥